The terrifying escalation of violence in Gaza and Israel has taken a terrible toll on Israeli and Palestinian civilians and left people in Gaza in desperate need.
People have lost loved ones, houses, income. At least a million of them have had to flee their homes. This is now a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.
Please donate what you can today. Help provide food, clean water, sanitation and hygiene items, and begin work rehabilitating water and wastewater networks, as soon as it’s safe.
Oxfam partners have begun a small distribution of soap, shampoo, menstrual products and toothpaste but the scale of need and logistical chaos pose massive challenges to humanitarian response.
The water situation is desperate. The UN Water and Sanitation cluster, of which Oxfam is a member, says that only three litres of water a day are now available per person in Gaza. The World Health Organisation recommends one person needs between 50-100 litres of water each day to meet basic health requirements.
When it's safe, our response will include providing people with clean water, sanitation and hygiene items, rehabilitation of water and wastewater networks that have been destroyed in the bombing, food and other essential household items for people who have lost their homes or their incomes. If emergency shelters are created, the team will provide support to people accommodated there.
– Najla Shawa, Country Relations Manager based in Gaza.
– Spokesperson from one of Oxfam’s partners, Palestine Medical Relief Society
Call for a ceasefire and humanitarian access now.
Join us as we call for an immediate ceasefire, so our staff and partners can reach those in desperate need, and a path to real and lasting peace for Palestinian and Israeli people.
Humanitarian aid must be allowed to flow immediately, in safety, to those people most in need. All humanitarian operations are effectively frozen and it is impossible for agencies like Oxfam to restart them in the face of bombs and rockets.
– Mustafa Tmaizi, Oxfam Acting Country Director in OPT and Israel
Donate so we can respond through our partners already in Gaza
Any donation you make will help us respond as soon as it’s safe. Our decision to respond in any crisis is always driven by humanitarian need alone. Even before this escalation, 80% of people living in Gaza relied on aid.
A donation from you can help Oxfam staff and partners respond in Gaza as soon as it’s safe to do so. Please donate what you can today.
– Amitabh Behar, Oxfam International Interim Executive Director
The violence perpetrated on Israeli civilians by Hamas was appalling and Oxfam condemns the attacks in the strongest terms.
Our decision to respond in any crisis is always driven by humanitarian need alone.
The Israeli government and local and national organisations currently have the capacity to meet needs in Israel. Oxfam’s appeal is therefore focused on providing help to Gaza, though we are monitoring the situation in Israel carefully.
We condemn all attacks, violence and targeting of Palestinian and Israeli civilians. Attacks that target civilians are never justifiable. All parties must respect international law and cease their attacks. We have witnessed the deadliest day for civilians in the history of modern Israel and the deadliest year in the West Bank since UN records began. The cycle of violence must end.
This conflict isn’t new. Even before these attacks, 8 out of 10 people in Gaza were reliant on international aid. For 16 years, Palestinians have lived under Israeli-enforced blockade in Gaza, with most people unable to leave at all.
Civilians on both sides continue to pay the price for the failure of their leaders to resolve a conflict which has led to the longest occupation in modern history. Unless the international community actively works to address these root causes that have been the catalyst for this new round of hostilities, this cycle of denial of rights and violence will only continue.
It’s time to speak out and say that every life — Palestinian and Israeli — should be valued and treated with humanity. And that we refuse to be divided in our call for lasting peace and justice. We are calling on our government to hear us and act.
We’ll keep updating this page with more information about our response through our partners in Gaza.
For every £1 you donate to this emergency appeal, we will allocate 9p of your donation to cover general support and running costs. There is a small chance that we will raise more money than is needed for this appeal. If this happens, we'll spend any additional funds on other Oxfam projects — wherever the need is greatest.
Destroyed buildings in Gaza. Image: Marwan sawwaf/Alef MultiMedia/Oxfam
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